Lego Sorting & Storage + Ultra Rare Pics . . I actually had the idea to post some pictures of my collection along with some pictures of MOCs that never made it to MOCpages a long time ago. Eventually I was encouraged by Artifex Creation, who recently created the group Lego Sorting & Storage. So I will rather focus on the sorting system instead of showing you every piece of my collection ;)
I have a fair amount of Lego. Compared to most other AFOLs it probably is a humble collection, but it works for me. I don't have my own Lego room, I usually build on a small table in the living room. My girlfriend isn't a huge fan of Lego, so I usually have to put it away while I don't build. It's then stored in the bedroom, where you can't see it during the day. So that's why I can't really use a drawer-based system like so many others do. I have to move my Lego everytime I want to build, and that's why I have boxes.
I don't have the space to spread out all my boxes around the table. I tried to limit the amount of boxes I have to use at the same time to a minimum. It doesn't always work that well though. The main idea is, that I always use black/grey/dark grey parts on my space MOCs + one additional colour. Because I just recently started to build more colourful MOCs, and none-space MOCs, the system isn't that good any more. Anyway, here we go:
These wooden boxes are about 37x56cm. They are from IKEA ;) Here we see all bricks, plates, slopes and some other parts in grey, dark grey, dark bley and black that are smaller than 4 studs. There are no light bley parts though, I don't have much of that colour.
Here we see the bricks, plates, slopes and so on that are 4 studs and above (4 studs isn't always true, the actual definition is much more difficult, but not that important anyway). The light bley box however, contains all different sized parts and some special parts as well (I really don't use this colour that often, except for tiles). Dark grey and dark bley are mixed. The black box is pretty cram-full, that's why I subdivided some bricks.
Special parts (hinge bricks,clips,bars,headlight bricks,etc.) in grey, bley and black. This is probably the most random box I have. You can find almost anything in there...guns, battle droid arms, cups and anything that is good for greebles or snot. It's not always easy to find the desired parts. But it helps being creative. If I don't find what I seek after a few minutes I might find another part that works even better. And it helps to be familiar with all the different parts you own.
I have the same box for coloured parts. It looks really empty compared to the previous one. I tried to stock up on these recently. A similar box is the technic box. I quite often use technic bricks and parts, but usually you won't see them. I store some technic parts, like wheels and tires, pneumatic parts and such in a separate cardboard box, to keep it clear.
Now on to the colours. I don't have that many bricks in colours, so I did not subdivide it by size. I even mixed two colours together where possible. I would have liked to do the same with black and grey, but there would have been too many parts in the box. Maybe I'll sort out black + grey plates and black + grey bricks in the future. Anyway, these are just the basic parts. White and blue ;)
Red and yellow (the picture isn't really good, but trust me, it is all yellow :D). Brown.
Two smaller boxes. They are half the size of the bigger ones. One is for green parts, one is for all the rare colours.
This was my first Lego box. It all started with this. But of course it's much too small now. I use it for parts that use up too much space in my other boxes or parts that I just happen to have, though I'm sure I won't ever need/use them.
I have a total of six plastic cases. This is for tiles, jumper plates, cheese slopes, grill tiles and so on.
There are cases for minifigs, minifig accessory, plants, transparent parts, and tiles again ;)
There are some parts that didn't fit in somewhere else or where just using up too much space. Animals+accessory, windscreen pieces except trans-black, pirate stuff, wheels & tires and trans-black windscreen pieces.
As you can see on the main pic, I couldn't find a proper place for my baseplates. Though I have that wooden and plastic boxes, I still use cardboard boxes quite frequently. They usually contain parts that I just recently bought, or that I just recently used while building, but because I did not finish the MOC yet, I didn't want to put them back in their respective bins. Here you can also see two WIPs. A white snubfighter and a pirate ship. I don't really plan to finish them anytime soon. The pirate ship just turned out to be tougher than expected and the white fighter doesn't really strike me that much. I like those wings, but I still don't know how to use them. Actually this is my baseplate box. ;)
Ultra Rare Pics
For those who weren't interested in my sorting system anyway, here you go:
I remember that Shannon asked, what was going on on the right end of my diorama. While the diorama itself was disassembled long ago, this pictures still remain. As you can see there was a lime green line running beneath the fighter. I was running out of grey 2x2 tiles, that's the only reason ;) There also was a ladder to enter the room. I felt it looked rather poor and never photographed it.
From a lower angle you couldn't really see that there were red tiles under the grid. I didn't notice it when taking the photos. So here is the power room in all its glory.
This was built on a 16x16 baseplate. Dates back to 2008. Never felt like posting it. Not much going on anyway.
Built shortly before my Container frighter. Never managed to finish it. I then needed the parts for another MOC.
Igloo, built in 2008. Around the time of the jungle MOC. It used up almost all of my white pieces I had at that time. Remember, this was prior to my discovery of bricklink ;)
This was my first ever MOC using the new grey colours. I bought some rebel and stormtrooper battlepacks and a magna guard fighter. These were my first Lego sets for 10 years I guess.
This was intended for a contest I never attended. The topic was musical vignette, and well...I haven't seen a single musical in my entire life, so I just googled some random musicals and found "the fiddler on the roof". It doesn't really look like a fiddler and it wasn't really a vig. I took some photos nevertheless ;)
Thanks for looking, and those who did, thanks for reading as well ;)
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